April 5, 2021

by: Terry Abel

 “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”  Galatians 6:10

 One of the silver linings of this pandemic is that I’ve had more time for reading. I was able to finish a book given to me as a Christmas gift from one of my daughters that is a moving biography of one of our former presidents – Barack Obama.  Although his ascension to the presidency despite his humble beginnings was a real eyeopener, what I found most inspirational were his thoughts on people of faith.  He said that often those in faith communities found the following:
“a spiritual harbor and the chance to see one’s gifts appreciated and acknowledged in a way that a paycheck never can; an assurance, as bones stiffened and hair began to gray, that they belonged to something that would outlast their own lives – and that, when their time finally came, a community would be there to remember.”   Dreams from My Father (page 285)
 I hope Obama’s insights as outlined above, help give some of us fresh motivation as we attempt to “do good to the family of believers.”  This also being the season of Lent, in which we hopefully draw closer to the Lord, I pray that some of us may carve out the time to read maybe one spiritual book, or perhaps even read through a meaningful psalm, like 118 that was mentioned in Pastor Judy’s devotion this morning.  Verse 24 in it states “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  This was a verse my paternal grandparents said to each other each day, and it gave them an attitude of gratitude, on every day of the year, and left a lasting impression on me.

Dear Lord,
Thank you for Lent and for the opportunity it gives us to draw closer to you.  Help us try not to be weighed down by worldly distractions, and perhaps spend a little more time in prayer and spiritual reading.  Amen

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